Two weeks ago, as warmer weather arrived, I went out hiking on a favorite trail. Heading through a thick section of forest, I heard (or was it felt?) a simple message, “Watch for what is now revealed”. At the same time, there was a fleeting vision of melting snow.
It took me a minute to discern the meaning. I was invited to look for what had been hidden by snow for so many months – any bones, fur, feathers or even carcasses of animals who didn’t make it through this harsh winter. As the snow was finally receding, these would be visible now.
I adjusted my vision, gazed off the trail into the trees, attuned my sight for objects that were not branches or stumps. Just ten steps later, I looked down to see a huge, perfect deer antler resting where it had been shed at the base of a large pine tree. It was an unexpected gift to be sure.
What I’ve realized: I never know what the reward will be for listening to my intuition.
My intuition is a skill I have honed over many years. No matter the situation, I pay close attention to intuitive signs, feelings and messages. I rely on my intuition every day. I honor this wise, visionary, insightful part of me.
I believe everyone is intuitive. Yes – that means you. You definitely have intuitive skills.
But, intuition must be developed and cultivated. Acting on it takes a certain confidence and level of understanding. This comes with awareness, observation and practice. Over time your perception increases. You gain discernment and sensitivity. You learn to translate intuitive sensation into meaningful messages, strengthening your intuitive vocabulary. It is a bit like creating your own dictionary for what you feel, know, hear or dream. With practice you begin to trust your intuition and act on it in every-day ways.
In developing your intuition, I have one very simple suggestion for getting started – keep an intuition journal. Notice intuitive moments. Write down what you feel and know, what you see and dream, even what you smell. Our intuitive senses start at the edge of our normal senses. Also write down any results, outcomes and validations. This will help you learn how you receive intuitive information and identify what I call your “Intuitive Style” (this is a key part of my workshop “Practical Intuition” and I’ll write more about it in anther post).
Remember, when you listen to your intuitive self, there can be wonderful and unexpected rewards.